Southwesterly 15/25 knots, reaching up to 30 knots offshore during the day. Seas: 2/3 metres. Swell: Southerly 1/1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5/2.5 metres offshore south of Merimbula. Outlook Friday: Southwesterly 15/20 knots, reaching up to 30 knots offshore early in the morning. Winds tending southeast to southwesterly in the middle of the day then becoming variable about 10 knots in the evening. Seas: 2/3 metres, decreasing to 1/2 metres during the morning, then decreasing below 0.5 metres by early evening. Swell: Southerly 1/1.5 metres, increasing to 2/3 metres during the morning. Caution: Large and powerful surf conditions are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing bars by boat and rock fishing. Outlook Saturday: Northerly 15/20 knots. Seas: 1/1.5 metres. Swell: Southerly 2/3 metres.Issued Thu 04:10 EST
17:34 EST The weather bureau's long-term forecast is predicting a drier than normal October to December for much of eastern Australia and north-west Western Australia.